This Gay Comedian Became an ‘Instagram Hunk’ for a Week, and Here’s What He Learned

This Gay Comedian Became an ‘Instagram Hunk’ for a Week, and Here’s What He Learned

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Matt Grote, a gay comedian in New York City, decided to play the role of “Instagram Hunk” on the social media photo-sharing platform. He took to Medium to explain his experiment and share what he learned.

Grote writes: “So, as mostly a joke, and also to brag since I vaguely have abs at the moment, I decided to become an Instagram boy. I posted only shirtless pictures for a week, adding a line of inane tags to keep the experiment in the realm of ‘comedy’ and outside of ‘a cry for attention.’”

“It was a cocktail of boredom,” he explains to me on Facebook. “I had been finishing cutting weight (gained a bunch on vacation and ended up going a little skinnier than I usually am cause I was on a kick), and I’ve wanted to parody selfie culture for awhile. Then I wanted to write a wrap up piece to dwell on the experience. And justify my nudity to my friends.”

Grote says that his vacation in vanity actually worked, as he got a lot more likes than he usually does — some from friends egging him on, but others from gay men doing the same sort of thing.

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